Official vs. Unofficial Visits Explained

Have question about what official visit means?  What unofficial means?  Here are the answers in their simplest form per the NCAA.

Official vs. Unofficial Visits

Official visits
• Five official visits permitted. Each school may only receive one.
• Visit can’t be taken until opening day of classes in senior year of high school.
• Football program permitted maximum of 56 official visits.
• Official visit can’t exceed 48 hours starting when recruit arrives on campus.
• Transportation, lodging, meals, entertainment expenses for recruit and parent or legal guardian paid for by school.
• Test score, high school transcript and NCAA eligibility center verification required before visit.

Unofficial visits
• Recruits are permitted unlimited visits at their own expense.
• Can be taken at any time of the year except during dead periods.
• No limits to length of visit.
• School may not provide or pay for transportation to and from campus.
• No permissible entertainment except three passes to a home game.
• No test scores, transcript or eligibility center verification required.



What Coaches Will Ask a Recruit

Everyone always wants to know the key questions a coach will ask their son/daughter when they are getting recruited and the truth is, it’s the basics…

  • “So, what’s up?”
  • “How is school?”
  • “How is the weather?”
  • “How are your grades?”
  • “Do you play any other sports?”
  • “Do you have a girlfriend?”
  • “Would you be interested in coming to _____________ to get your degree and play some football?”

Right now, you are thinking “this is a joke, Sailer.” No, it is not. The coach is not looking to solve the world’s problems by speaking to your kid. He is simply trying to see if your kid is someone he would like to spend the next 4-5 years with.


They just want to hear the athlete speak, make sure he/she can hold a conversation and  is someone that can operate on their own without mommy/daddy speaking for them.

So, you want to prep your kid? Just speak to them.
Chris Sailer Kicking Add